Dancers practice for parade

PHILADELPHIA - November 24, 2008 - Of course it takes lots of preparation and practice to get ready for such a grand affair!

The professional dancers for the parade are working 10 hour days at a Center City hotel preparing for their six production numbers. You've seen them freezing on the parkway for that early morning call!

"I think we'll do jumping jacks and pushups right before we go on, and just get our adrenaline up with thought of being on TV, and get our energy up because of all of the people there," said dancer Julie Lyke. "We won't be too cold, I'm sure!"

Jesse Jones grew up in the Logan section of the city and danced in the parade as a CAPA student. Now he's fulfilling his dream, working as a professional dancer!

"Four years in CAPA, got to be on the Santa float senior year. I was a little green elf, and this is my first year as a professional dancer," Jones said.

This year, Jesse proves he has what it takes! Choreographer Robbie Mackey says that's what makes this parade one of a kind.

"It really uses local talent, and it's almost like the Philadelphia family comes together for a Thanksgiving parade. So, it's nice," Mackey said.

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